LBN – Special Report – Thursday

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that seven (7) leading executives of Virgin Airlines read LBN daily?:

*BETRAYAL – Brexit Leader Quits Prime Minister Race:

Boris Johnson, who was favorite to become Britain’s next prime minister a few days ago, sensationally pulled out of the race Thursday. He was stunned a few hours earlier when his closest ally turned against him. Michael Gove, who was going to be Johnson’s campaign manager, announced that he would stand for the leadership himself and claimed that he was forced to do so because Johnson had proved himself unfit to lead. The old friends successfully worked together to win the Brexit vote.
*Nancy Grace Leaving HLN After 12 Years:

Nancy Grace—one of cable TV’s most recognizable faces—will be leaving HLN in October, after 12 years with the network. The 56-year-old announced the move Thursday to her staff of 18. Grace began her TV career in the late 1990s while co-hosting Court TV with Johnnie Cochran. A new series will replace her 8 p.m. timeslot and “utilize the expertise of the current team,” The Hollywood Reporter writes. Grace told a reporter that she felt “really mixed” about the new step and that she’s been considering the decision for at least three years. Grace said she has no plans to quit working and that her next move will have “a very large digital component.” She added, “I will always be wedded to a traditional platform—which is TV, God help me. My plan is to merge those two in an effective way, in my voice, the ‘anti-crime’ voice.”

*U.S. Strikes Kill 100s of IS Fighters:

U.S. officials said a coalition attack near the city of Fallujah, Iraq, on Wednesday killed at least 250 ISIS fighters and destroyed some 40 vehicles. If confirmed, the series of airstrikes would be one of the most deadly against the terrorist group. It comes just one day after an attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport left 41 dead and wounded more than 230.

*WHO READS LBN? Columnist Charles Blow:

*Nearly All U.S. Banks Pass Fed’s Stress Test:

All but one of the nation’s largest banks earned an unconditional passing grade from federal regulators on their annual stress tests, which measure their preparedness to weather a financial crisis. The one American-based institution that did not pass unconditionally was Morgan Stanley, a Wall Street bank that has been struggling to regain its footing after the financial crisis of 2008. Regulators raised concerns over the company’s internal controls and processes. The Federal Reserve gave failing grades to the American subsidiaries of two European banks, Deutsche Bank and Santander, which both failed in previous years.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: For years, gynecologists have had a bird’s-eye view on a phenomenon that is now so popular as to be almost commonplace: female genitalia, bereft of hair.Sometimes called “grooming,” the practice of shearing off pubic hair — parodied on “Saturday Night Live,” celebrated as a girl-bonding ritual by various “Real Housewives” — has prompted sexual health experts to ask what motivates women to do it. A new study published in the journal JAMA Dermatology on Wednesday confirmed just how widespread the practice is. Sixty-two percent of a nationally representative sample of 3,316 women said they opted for complete removal of their pubic hair; 84 percent reported some grooming.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Lindsay Lohan is the guru you didn’t know you needed. “I am in the process of writing a book, and I am very excited to share my personal experiences in life and how to overcome obstacles,” Lohan, who turns 30 on July 2, dished to Vanity Fair. “I hope that my words will connect with those who need some guidance when [or] if they are in a tough place.”

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Insider buzz is strong for the film JOHNNY – a raw, intimate drama about confronting our darkest secrets – will make its West Coast Premiere at the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival on July 10th. JOHNNY tells the story of a lonely and conflicted older man who hires a young male sex worker to be his first sexual experience with another man. The emotional night they share forces both men to come face-to-face with difficult truths they’ve been trying to outrun. Directed by Micah Stuart and written by Brandon Crowder, JOHNNY explores the story of two men struggling with feelings of guilt and shame in connection to their sexual identity. The brief night they share incites an awakening in both of them, allowing the men to finally see themselves for who they truly are. JOHNNY navigates the complicated journey of coming out and coming of age as a gay man in today’s world, exploring themes of bullying, internalized homophobia, and a population of LGBT youth who find themselves turning to sex work in order to survive.   ***Prominent entertainment writerSandy Cohen, veteran of the Associated Press in Hollywood for the last decade, will  be the next guest-of-honor at the influential “City Talk” event at the private room of Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood on Monday, July 11th at 6pm.



1.The word “summer” is from the Proto-Indo-European root *sam-, meaning summer. The root *sam is a variant from the Proto-Indo-European root *sem-, which means “together/one.”

2.The “dog days of summer” refer to the weeks between July 3 and August 11 and are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, discomfort, and sickness that occurred during the summer.

3. Summer is the by far the busiest time at movie theaters, and Hollywood always hopes to earn a significant portion of total annual ticket sales through summer blockbuster months. To date, the top 10 most famous summer blockbusters of all time are 1) Jaws, 2) Star Wars, 3) Jurassic Park, 4) The Dark Knight, 5) Raiders of the Lost Ark, 6) E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, 7) Forrest Gump, 8) Ghostbusters, 9) Animal House, and 10) Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

4. In the United States, over 650 million long-distance summer trips are made.

5. In the United States, the top 5 most popular summer vacations are 1) beach/ocean (45%), 2) a famous city (42%), 3) national parks (21%), 4) a lake (17%), and 5) a resort (14%).

6. The top 5 most popular summer vacation activities in the United States are 1) shopping (54%), 2) visiting historical sites (49%), 3) swimming/water sports (49%), 4) going to a park or national park (46%), and 5) sightseeing tours (46%).

7. Eiffel Tower ParisThe Eiffel Tower is 6 inches taller in the summer than in the winter.

8. In the summer heat, the iron in France’s Eiffel Tower expands, making the tower grow more than 6 inches.

9. The month of June was named after either Juniores, the lower branch of the roman Senate, or Juno, the wife of Jupiter.

10. Marc Antony named the month of July, in honor of Julius Caesar.

11. The month of August was named for Julius Caeser’sadopted nephew Gaius Julius Caesar Octavius, who held the title “Augustus.” He named the month after himself.

*LBN-R.I.P.: Alvin Toffler, the celebrated author of “Future Shock,” the first in a trilogy of best-selling books that presciently forecast how people and institutions of the late 20th century would contend with the immense strains and soaring opportunities of accelerating change, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87. His death was confirmed by his consulting firm, Toffler Associates, based in Reston, Va.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas B. Edsall: Black political power is declining in cities across the country, including Oakland, St. Louis, Cleveland and Atlanta — even as African-Americans are gaining majority status in an increasing number of suburbs. At the same time, African-American emigration to the South has started to weaken Republican control of some deep red states. Let’s start with Washington, D.C. The shift there (as elsewhere) is driven both by gentrification and by a black movement away from urban centers. In 1957, Washington became the first large city in the United States to become majority African-American. In 1973, Congress gave home rule to the District. The first mayoral election was held in 1974, and Walter Washington, who had been appointed to the position in 1967, won it. He was the first of a series of black mayors that has continued to this day. One area of Washington’s politics — campaign money — is already dominated by whites and has been for a long time. “D.C.’s White Donor Class,” a new study by Sean McElwee, a policy analyst at Demos, a liberal think-tank, found that among contributors of $1,000 or more to the 2014 campaign for mayor and city council campaign, “62 percent of mayoral donors and 67 percent of City Council donors are white.”

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Caitlyn Jenner has been celebrated on the cover of Sports Illustrated — but the former Olympian has been dumped by her own plastic surgeons according to sources. The 66-year-old is constantly going under the knife, pumping her face and lips with injections in a desperate bid to turn back time said the source. ***“Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough could soon go public as a couple. Sources say that Brzezinski and her husband of 23 years have quietly divorced. Popular MSNBC stars Scarborough and Brzezinski are widely rumored to be romantically involved — and there’s plenty of on-air chemistry for all to see. But while Scarborough is also divorced — since 2013 — the TV duo have never confirmed they’re romantically involved.   ***Working with Woody Allen gave Blake Lively a confidence boost. “[Woody] creates a very pleasant set where everybody’s just happy to be there and happy to be making a movie, and happy to be a part of film history,” the actress shared with Hamptons magazine. “For him to have that confidence in you almost give you the confidence in yourself to just go with the flow. And those are the moments he really likes, the found moments, the moments that aren’t written but just happen.”

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